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Top Chef Update: Season 5 HQ at the Benjamin Hotel

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So we already know the Season Five cheftestants will be living at 20 Bayard. And we can pretty much assume an elimination challenge or two will take place at the Union Square Greenmarket and Craft. But Page Six Mag now reveals where the overall headquarters will be— The Benjamin Hotel:

"Top Chef gets more vicious every season, but that doesn’t mean judges Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio are putting a cork in the glamour. When the hit show returns in ’09, it’ll finally be back in New York City, with a brand-new headquarters: the Benjamin Hotel. A source tells me the Midtown establishment has been procured to host the show’s Quick Fire challenges, special guests like Anthony Bourdain and even the contestants when filming begins this month."
I don't know why we thought it would be at the CIA or FCI (probably because they have actual test kitchens), but be on the lookout people. The faux hawks will be swarming midtown any day now.
· All About the Benjamin [Page Six via Hotel Chatter]
· Top Chef Rumormongering: Cast to Live at 20 Bayard [~E~]

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